Results and summary of WSBK race 2 at Magny-Cours:
Carlos Checa has taken victory in the second World Superbike race at Magny-Cours, celebrating his 2011 WSBK title in style by doing the double.
After the disaster in race 1, Johnny Rea got away from pole and into the lead, exactly as he had planned in the first race. Behind Rea, Eugene Laverty led the chase, at the head of a group containing Leon Camier, Tom Sykes and Carlos Checa, though Sykes would not withstand the pressure from Checa for long. The newly-crowned 2011 World Superbike champion got past Sykes on the first lap, and the Kawasaki rider lost the front while trying to get straight back.
Checa's next target would be Leon Camier, the Althea Ducati rider sliding underneath the Aprilia at Adelaide, one of his favorite passing places. He then set his sights on Laverty, but his pass on the Irishman was a fraction too ambitious, Checa running wide immediately after taking over 2nd, and allowing not just Laverty, but also Camier and Nori Haga back past.
Checa's pass spurred Eugene Laverty into action, and a lap later, the Yamaha man had caught the leader, Johnny Rea. Another lap later and he was by, the Castrol Honda rider unable to hold off Laverty. Rea latched on to Laverty's tail, but disaster struck the Ulsterman once again, an electrical fault causing his Honda CBR1000RR to cut out and leaving him stranded by the wayside.
Meanwhile, Checa was back on a charge. After rejoining behind Haga, the Althea Ducati rider started picking off the riders ahead one by one. After Haga came Camier, and Rea soon followed, just before the Castrol Honda man was forced out with an electrical issue. That left only Laverty, and the Yamaha man was no match for Checa in the form of his life. Checa got past Laverty at two-thirds' distance, and after hanging on to Checa's tail for three laps, Laverty was forced to admit defeat. Checa went on to celebrate the title he secured in race 1 with a win in race 2, the double a fitting celebration for winning the championship.
While Laverty looked secure in 2nd place, he had reckoned without his teammate, Marco Melandri charging through the field after his customary mediocre start. As the race neared its close, Melandri upped the pace, chasing down Laverty in the last few laps, then putting a very hard pass on his teammate on the final lap. Melandri went on to take 2nd, ahead of a resigned Laverty in 3rd.
Laverty's 3rd place finish put him ahead of the injured Max Biaggi in the championship, the top three in race 2 now also the top three in the championship, with Melandri 2nd in the title race behind Checa. The top two places are now settled, with Checa 107 points clear of Melandri, and Melandri another 77 points clear of Laverty with just two races to go. But unless Max Biaggi can come back from his foot injury in relatively strong form at the final round of WSBK in Portimao, he will have a tough time making up the 2 point deficit he has to Laverty for 3rd in the championship.
|1||7||C. CHECA||ESP||Ducati 1098R|
|2||33||M. MELANDRI||ITA||Yamaha YZF R1||1.267|
|3||58||E. LAVERTY||IRL||Yamaha YZF R1||2.043|
|4||91||L. HASLAM||GBR||BMW S1000 RR||6.506|
|5||50||S. GUINTOLI||FRA||Ducati 1098R||7.843|
|6||2||L. CAMIER||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||8.360|
|7||17||J. LASCORZ||ESP||Kawasaki ZX-10R||15.285|
|8||86||A. BADOVINI||ITA||BMW S1000 RR||15.549|
|9||11||T. CORSER||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||16.278|
|10||41||N. HAGA||JPN||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||22.996|
|11||112||J. FORES||ESP||BMW S1000 RR||43.132|
|12||121||M. BERGER||FRA||Ducati 1098R||47.846|
|RET||44||R. ROLFO||ITA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||4 Laps|
|RET||4||J. REA||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||10 Laps|
|RET||8||M. AITCHISON||AUS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||19 Laps|
|RET||84||M. FABRIZIO||ITA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||21 Laps|
|RET||66||T. SYKES||GBR||Kawasaki ZX-10R|